The number of liquor violations at the Mount declined in 2012 after a surge in 2011 following a campus-wide push to more stringently enforce the university’s student code of conduct and the school’s largest ever incoming freshmen class.
“Particular attention was paid to under- age alcohol use and to all of the drug use violations since the consequences of those types of activities can result in the most risky and dangerous behavior,” Public Safety Director Barry Titler said.
Over the past three years, liquor violations have remained a steady part of the Mount’s crime report. In 2011, there were 219 violations; 2010 had only 72 liquor violations. In 2012, 141 liquor law violations were referred to disciplinary action. Of those, 115 were committed in residential facilities.
One of the possible reasons for the spike is because the incoming class of 2011 was one of the largest incoming classes in the Mount’s history.
The statistics are part of the Mount’s Annual Crime Report, which gives a brief overview of the policies established by Public Safety. This includes the mission statement of Public Safety, emergency reporting procedures and different policies and rights that the victims and those accused possess.
The report identifies several subcategories including robbery, assault, theft, burglary and law violations. In 2012, there have been no instances of robbery, assault or motor vehicle theft. Only two cases have been reported, both in 2009.
The university experienced one hate crime, in 2012, from the vandalization of a private religious shrine in a student’s room, Titler said.
Burglary has remained low but steady on campus. In 2010 there was five cases of non-forcible burglary. This can be compared to the 12 cases in 2011 and eight cases in 2012. In 2010 there was one attempted burglary.
2011 was also notable among the three years of data provided: in addition to the 219 liquor law violations, there were 10 violations involving drugs and two cases of students with illegal weapons.
“I think it’s safe to say that we are working hard to reduce all of our crime statistics,” Titler said. ”As in any community, we can’t do it without the assistance and support of community members. In my view, this community has embraced the concept that we are responsible for looking after one another. That makes my job easier because of the support and assistance that comes from the Mount being such a responsible compassionate community.”